The surname ‘Cantrell’ originates from England. It is derived from the nickname for someone who rang the ‘chantrelle’, from the Old Flemish word meaning a small bell, from the Old Flemish word ‘chanter’, meaning to sing a decoy patridge. The surname is most commonly represented in the county of Yorkshire. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Cantrell’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the thirteenth century were a ‘Alice Cainterel’, from the county of Yorkshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. Historical archive’s have been unable to definitely determine the exact period of settlement in North America but It is believed that the forefather’s of this surname were part of the exodus of migrants that followed the Treaty of Peace signed in Paris in 1763, when great Britain obtained ownership of the whole of North America east of the Missisipi River excepting New Orleans. The chief reasons causing working class people to emigrate were, poor crop yields, high unem… Coat of arms: Argent a pelican in her piety, …
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